Writing an advice letter
How to write an English letter
Class 16 Grade 1 Haian High School Jiangsu, China Sept. 20th, 2005Peter Brown22, Black roadNew York ()Dear Peter,I am very glad to hear from you. __________I must stop writing now, as I have a lot of work to do.Best wishes to you!Yours truly, Wang Gang
1) I am very glad to hear from you.2) Thank you for your letter.3) I was very pleased (happy) to receive your letter of February 6, 2005.4) Your letter of February 6, 2005 has been received.5) It is a pleasure for me to get your letter.6) Im sorry to have taken so long to answer your last letter.
1) I hope to have a letter from you before long.2) Please write to me soon and tell me all about yourself.3) Give my best wishes to you.4) Please remember me to your family.5) Wishing your business successful!6) Hope you are healthy.
Yours sincerely, Yours,Yours ever,Yours truly,Yours lovingly,Yours faithfully,
Read the first letter written and find out the answers to the following questions: (1) Why does the father write the letter? (2) What does the father think about his son?
To ask for some help so as to help his son.His son disobeys everything his parents ask him to do; he is rude to them; he refuses to spend time with them; he refuses to do his homework; he spends too much time watching DVDs, listening to foreign music, chatting in Internet cafes, playing games and surfing the Internet.
(3) What is the father worrying about?
His son may fail at school or worse.Read the second letter, and find out the answers to the following questions.
(1) Why does the son write the letter?
(2) What are his problems? To be helped with some problems he has at home.His father does not listen to him when he wants to do something or suggests an idea; he shouts at him when he tries to talk to him; when he refuses to listen to his father, his father tells his mother and they fight like crazy; his parents always make him do things he doesn't like; they call him selfish and unloving when he wants to be alone; his father gets very angry when he plays foreign music; he sends him to bed or tells him to study when he watches a DVD; he forbids him from meeting his friends at the Internet cafe.
(3) How does he feel about his father? He loves his father a lot. He hopes his father can understand him better and respect the things he wants to do.
1. Discussion:Discuss the following questions before starting writing the advice letter.1. What main problems does the father have?2. What main problems does the son have?3. What are the possible answers for the father?4. What are the possible answers for the son?Group work:
2. Activities and Research:Form groups and finish writing theletter to the father and the son. One from each group will read the letter in front of the class and decide which letter is the best. All of you are judges.
Sample writingDear Liu Wei, Thanks for your attention to our magazine. After reading your letter, I know you are in trouble with your family. Don't worry. I'd like to tell you something about myself when I was at the same age as you. Before I was born, my parents had already arranged all the things for my life. They wanted me to study all the time. But what I liked most was to enjoy myself by reading novels, watching TV or chatting online with my friends in my spare time. So we often quarreled with each other. I didn't think that what they did was
to love Me. I began to live alone. However, as time flies, I begin to understand my parents. Nowadays you meet the same problems as I, which are still the common problems in the modern society. Here I want to give you some advice: First, you must honour your parents, not shout at them. Second, maybe you can often talk to your parents to let them understand you, to let them know what is in your mind. And try to spend your spare time with them. Third, you can do something you can to help them, such as cleaning the floor, washing clothes.
I'm sure your parents will be happy to see that. The last one is that you should do what your parents ask you to. For example, pay more attention to your study. It's time for you to study at all. The advice may work a lot and I hope it's helpful to you. I wish you can bridge the generation gap between you and your parents. I am looking forward to receiving your good news. Yours, Mr Zhu
Dear Mr Liu, I am very sorry to hear that. Now I can comprehend your feelings. You wish him to do anything as you tell him, but he always do in the opposite way. However, have you considered what you have said is always right, or what you have planned is always acceptable for your son? Here I want to give you some advice, I wish it could be helpful for you.
First, you should be not only strict but also kindly to him. You mustn't always shout at him. Your son is not a child. He can have his own opinion. You should respect him and his advice. Maybe his advice is of value. Second, you may try to enjoy what he likes, such as music and DVDs. You may always take more notice of what he thinks. On one hand, you can understand him further, on the other hand you can bridge the gap between you. Third, you can turn to your son's teachers, or close friends for help. They can understand
what your son thinks and needs. In a word, as a father, you should not only try your best to understand what he needs, but also respect him and his advice. I believe you can solve the problem satisfactorily, and everything will go well. Yours, Mr Zhu
1. Small problems can become big ones, however, if they are not discussed and dealt with early on. (P38) deal with (1) (2) (3) (4) He knows well how to deal with children This problem should be dealt with quickly.
This book doesn't deal with it. 10 We have dealt with that store for 10 years. ? How should I deal with such a problem? early on I know early on (in the film) that I wasn't going to enjoy it.
2. Recently he has been refusing to do his homework (P38)has been refusing I have typed your letter. I have been typing your letter. () I have taught that class. I have been teaching that class. Youre out of breath. Have you been running?Your eyes are red. Have you been crying?
Cathy is taking notes of the grammatical rules in class at Sunshine School, where she ________ English for a year.(2007) studies B. studied C. is studying D. has been studying
3. insist on/ upon sth./doing (P38) ()She insisted on writing at once. He insisted on being sent to the front.
4. At present, to prevent upsetting his mother with an arguments (P38) prevent () prevent + n. prevent sb./sb.s doing prevent sb. from doing We should do our best to prevent accidents. The rain prevented the game. Nothing will prevent me from marrying him.
6. forbid vt. ( forbade, forbidden, forbidding) (P38) forbid (sb.) sth. forbid sb. to do sth. forbid (one's) doing sth. Her father forbade their marriage. I forbid you to enter the Internet Cafe. We forbid smoking here. I can't forbid your seeing him again.